Lib Dem town councillor quits

Bicester Advertiser: Nick Cotter, left, with Les Sibley Nick Cotter, left, with Les Sibley

A LIBERAL Democrat town councillor, whose father represents the party in the House of Lords, has resigned and defected to form a Bicester Independent group.

Nick Cotter, a Lib Dem for about 30 years, said he was “disillusioned” and “ashamed” of some of the national policies the party had backed.

Mr Cotter, a Bicester town councillor, will join Les Sibley to form a Bicester Independent group.

The lawyer, a former Cherwell Lib Dem leader until he lost his seat in 2011, said initially he was proud to see his party in Government, but was increasingly unhappy with controversial decisions it backed, including the bedroom tax, cuts and tuition fees.

He said: “I appreciate that with only 57 MPs the Lib Dems could not push through all their policies, but in my view very, very few have seen the light of day.”

He said Government cuts had targeted society’s most vulnerable.

His father Brian, a former Weston-super-Mare MP, has a seat in the Lords.

John Innes, chairman of Banbury Lib Dems, said: “I respect Nick’s views and value him as a friend, though I will not be making the same decision.”

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9:38am Fri 21 Mar 14

to ny w says...

Good luck Nick. Principles are in such sort supply these days.
Good luck Nick. Principles are in such sort supply these days. to ny w
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8:03am Sat 22 Mar 14

tired99 says...

How can he have any principles when he's forming an alliance with Les Sibley, the man who has sold his soul to the Tories on OCC and was kicked out of the Labour Party for breaking their rules. These men are not interested in the people of Bicester they are just out for themselves. After losing his CDC seat in Bicester South, Nick Cotter has given up any principles in the hope that the people of Bicester West who voted for Les will vote for him.
How can he have any principles when he's forming an alliance with Les Sibley, the man who has sold his soul to the Tories on OCC and was kicked out of the Labour Party for breaking their rules. These men are not interested in the people of Bicester they are just out for themselves. After losing his CDC seat in Bicester South, Nick Cotter has given up any principles in the hope that the people of Bicester West who voted for Les will vote for him. tired99
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1:10pm Mon 24 Mar 14

CupHalfFull says...

Curiously the rant about his lack of opportunity to become Mayor has not made the online edition. It is always easier to be in opposition than in Government - in opposition you don't have to do anything or face the consequences of your actions. Strikes me some LibDems would rather be permanently in opposition.
Curiously the rant about his lack of opportunity to become Mayor has not made the online edition. It is always easier to be in opposition than in Government - in opposition you don't have to do anything or face the consequences of your actions. Strikes me some LibDems would rather be permanently in opposition. CupHalfFull
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2:57pm Sat 29 Mar 14

EJWade says...

Congratulations to Nick Cotter for quitting the LibDems - a lost cause for sure. It shows him to be a man of courage and compassion, with an independence of mind, not to blindly follow his father’s political views.
Congratulations to Nick Cotter for quitting the LibDems - a lost cause for sure. It shows him to be a man of courage and compassion, with an independence of mind, not to blindly follow his father’s political views. EJWade
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